William Raymond Dion, age 90, passed away peacefully, on Saturday December 8, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. He was the beloved husband of Claire Fitzgibbons Dion for 65 years.
He was born on July 3, 1928 in Central Falls, RI to William A. Dion and Leah (Provencal) Dion. He grew up in Plainville MA, then moved to North Attleboro MA. He remained in North Attleboro where he proceeded to marry the love of his life and together, they created a legacy. Being a father to 13 of his own children was not enough for him. He legally fostered one child (William Eagan) but unofficially fostered more. There are many out there who saw him as another “father” or as a “father” figure. Over the years many sought shelter in his home, in his arms and in his heart and he accepted and loved each and every one unconditionally. William was a genuine gentleman, a man of honor and a man of his word. He exemplified what it meant to be a true son, brother and husband but especially a “Dad”.
William began his career as an apprentice tool maker at Evans Case in North Attleboro MA where he worked and became a Master Class A progressive tool maker. He then worked for Valentine Tool and Stamping Inc. in Norton MA where he retired after 38 years.
He was an avid outdoorsman with a love of fishing and hunting. He was involved in the Plainville Beagle Club where he served as President and was a long-time member. He loved walks in the woods and camping with his family, learning about astronomy and sharing that passion. He belonged to the R.I. Gem and Mineral Club and relished showing his enthusiasm and knowledge with anyone who showed an interest. William was very immersed in his church and was a lector for many years.
He was predeceased by his brothers Edward and Robert and his sons Joseph and Matthew. Survived by Annette (wife of Edward), his brothers Paul (Helene), Richard (Paula), his sister Lorraine (William) and Cecilia Davlin (Robert) and his sister-in-law Janet Fitzgibbons O’Brien. Beloved husband of Claire Fitzgibbons Dion. Loving father to Theresa Wellman, Marie (Peter) Dion Gilmore, Eileen (Paul) Canham, Paul (Dianne) Dion, Raymond Dion, Peter (Tracy) Dion, Michelle Dion Carreiro, Ellen Cronin, Scott (Sandi) Dion, Renee Sheehan and Rebecca (Derick) Cassidy. Devoted grandfather to 26 and great grandfather to 18.
Visiting hours will be held on Friday, Dec. 14, from 5-8 PM, at the Sperry & McHoul Funeral Home, 15 Grove St., North Attleboro MA. A funeral Mass will be held Saturday, Dec 15th at 10 AM at St. Mary’s Church, 14 Park St, North Attleboro MA. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Attleboro Falls MA.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in William’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N, Michigan Ave., FL. 17, Chicago, IL. 60601 or at www.alz.org.
To sign an online guestbook for William, please visit www.sperry-mchoul.com.